Perth Amboy City L3
For more on Perth Amboy, see page 54 of this guide.
For more on Piscataway, see page 58 of this guide.
Plainsboro Township D9
Plainsboro Township, officially founded on May 6, 1919, is a
community that has evolved from a rural farming enclave to
a vibrant, diverse community of 23,000 people that has
prioritized the preservation of open space. Plainsboro, which
has prioritized the preservation of open space, was recognized
by New Jersey Monthly magazine as one of the top 10 Best
Places to Live in New Jersey. Plainsboro Village, the original
settlement in the center of town, with buildings dating from
the 18th century, is benefiting from the preservation of the
Village’s historic character. There are many bike routes through
Plainsboro, connecting the main shopping districts and down
to the D&R Canal cycle pathway. The 1,000-acre Plainsboro
Preserve includes a 50-acre lake, large wooded areas and an
environmental education center.
Sayreville Borough K4
Sayreville, on the Raritan River near Raritan Bay, was first
settled about 1775 and incorporated in 1920. It has an area of
16.3 square miles and has easy access from the Garden State
Parkway, New Jersey Turnpike, I-287, and Routes 1, 9 and 35.
Originally known as Roundabout and then as Wood’s Landing,
the area was an important river port for many decades. It was
renamed in the 1870s for James R. Sayre, Jr., a co-owner of
a brick company—an industry that flourished here from the
early 1800s until 1970. The borough remains well-known as
an industrial town, and it is now home to many technology
companies and a growing residential population of over 40,300.
South Amboy City L4
For more on South Amboy, see page 60 of this guide.
South Brunswick Township E7
Spanning over 41 square miles, South Brunswick is home to
almost 50,000 residents, with picturesque parks, an esteemed
school district and thriving businesses. South Brunswick
hosts portions of the NJ Turnpike, Route 27, Route 130 and
Route 1, as well as a Park and Ride for public transport to
New York. South Brunswick is a modern and diverse suburban
community that provides countless opportunities for families and
businesses and lives up to its slogan “Crossroads of Progress.”
It was ranked 22nd Best Place to Live in America by CNN Money
in 2011 and the 10th Safest City in America to Raise a Child by
Safewise in 2016.
South Plainfield Borough I2
South Plainfield was originally part of Piscataway Township as
part of the “Elizabethtown Purchase” of 1664. In 1924, an airport
was built on John Hadley’s farm mainly for the use of the U.S.
Postal Service. South Plainfield was officially incorporated on
March 12, 1926. Its suburban character was established after
World War II when Geary Farm was developed into Geary Park.
Housing developments sprang up throughout the north side,
increasing the borough’s population from 8,000 in 1959 to 18,000
in 1960. Commercial and industrial businesses were attracted to
the borough through the 1960s and ’70s. Today, just over 24,000
people live within South Plainfield’s 8.4 square miles.
Piscataway by Jenifer Rutherford
Plainsboro by Jenifer Rutherford
Photo by Jenifer Rutherford